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Lacrosse: West boys and girls teams making their mark

Written by Joe Koch on .

Seven games into the season, the Moon High boys lacrosse team and has passed every test en route to a No. 7 rating in Laxpower.com's ratings for Western Pennsylvania teams.

Moon has earned close victories over Mars (4-3), Indiana (7-5) and Chartiers Valley (8-6). The other four victories have been by slightly more comfortable margins. Moon hosts Knoch today.

The two regional teams competing in girls lacrosse -- Blackhawk and Moon -- are chasing first-place Chartiers Valley for top honors in Division 2, Section 2.

Currently, the Colts are ranked No. 3 in the ratings with an overall record of 8-0 and a section mark of 4-0. Both Blackhawk and Moon have identical section records of 3-1. The Cougars are 4-1 overall, while Moon is 7-2.

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Boys Basketball: 2014 West Fabulous Five

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Below are the Post-Gazette's Fabulous Five boys basketball players from the West.

Maverick Rowan
Lincoln Park
Guard, 6-7, Soph.
A Pitt commit who is ranked as the No. 47 sophomore in the country by Rivals.com, Rowan excelled in his second high school season, averaging 26.3 points, 6.9 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.7 steals per game. ... He shot 89 percent from the free throw line and made 52 in a row at one point. ... First sophomore to make the Post-Gazette's Fabulous Five since DeJuan Blair in 2005. ... Has 1,482 career points, putting him halfway to the WPIAL career scoring record held by Valley's Tom Pipkins.

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Girls Basketball: 2014 West Fabulous Five

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Below are the Post-Gazette's Fabulous Five girls basketball players from the West.

Chassidy Omogrosso
Blackhawk
Guard, 5-5, Jr.
The floor general for the state champion Cougars, Omogrosso was named PIAA Class AAA Player of the Year this season. A three-year starter, Omogrosso has developed into one of the top point guards in the state. She led Blackhawk to Section 2-AAA, WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA championships this season as well as an impressive 28-2 record while averaging 21.6 points per game. She has scored 1,858 career points. Omogrosso is a Duquesne University recruit.

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Track: West athletes battle elements at Warrior Classic

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

Athletes battled through cold temperatures again last Saturday at the Fourth Annual Warrior Track Classic.

Participants from 26 schools battled the frigid temperatures with Beaver Area coming out on top. Ruthe Neeley earned first in the 400 and 800-meter runs to help push her team to first. Neeley also ran on the winning 400 and 1,600 relay teams to earn the most valuable female track performer of the meet.

New Brighton finished third overall, behind Slippery Rock. Essence Barron grabbed three gold medals towards New Brighton's finish in the 100, 200 and long jump. Elaina Smith earned first in the triple jump.